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Parasite—The Color of A Careless Hypocrisy?

by Glenn R. Geist

Being able to stream video from the Internet and the Satellite and Blue Ray, I have more options for watching movies than I have appetite or time for it. If I go to the actual movie theater more than twice a year it will be unusual.

So I never heard of Parasite until this morning. I still don’t know what it’s about but the first thing I read over my English muffin was not about the Coronavirus pandemic or the ongoing collapse of Western civilization, but that this award-winning movie was made by “people of color.” This is not the first time in the last couple of weeks I’ve been reminded that the awards are there to promote ethnic and racial diversity in the movie industry and to acknowledge the great importance of that industry to our culture. The much-lauded artistic achievement is secondary.

People of Color. To what characteristic does that trope refer? My first reaction, of course, was to look across the breakfast table to reassure myself that my wife of nearly 40 years was still the same shade of skin as mine, regardless of the practice of dividing us all up into fake categories in the name of “diversity.” Yes, she tans more easily, but we live in Florida and the sun seems to be but a memory – and who sunbathes here unless they are tourists? Today it seems only to mean non-Caucasian and that blurry and obsolete term means about nothing in my opinion.

Now I can understand diversity in some areas as a rough measure of economic or social integration, but do I care about the complexion of whoever is singing my favorite song or cooking my favorite dinner? A win is a win regardless of who hits that run or makes that touchdown for the team. In many or most things counting shades of color is meaningless and the apparent diversity random and irrelevant. I’m tired of this exercise being an attempt to establish the anti-discrimination credentials of the movie industry, still reeking from the revelations of its misogyny and abuse of women.

I think it’s far more interesting that a film shot in the Korean language got the award than that it was produced by Koreans. Many of us don’t like subtitles and perhaps the award means something beyond stating that it doesn’t matter what you accomplish, but rather what “color” you are. What’s the color of hypocrisy?

So I’m tempted to see Parasite, which is the goal of this whole enterprise, but as my true ethnicity is ‘couch potato’. My couch is brown and I’m going to wait for it to hit Amazon Prime.

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19 Responses to Parasite—The Color of A Careless Hypocrisy?

  1. Michael John Scott Reply

    February 11, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    It’s been available for a few weeks on Amazon for $3.99. I think I’m going to watch it now. I’ll let you know, and I share your views on the whole “color” thing.

  2. Michael John Scott Reply

    February 11, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    I watched the movie this afternoon and I loved it. I expect you will too. It’s an Oscar well deserved.

  3. Glenn Geist Reply

    February 12, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Amazon Prime does give me access to movies and TV shows I would never otherwise see. Much of it is really good.
    I think I will check it out.

  4. Bill Formby Reply

    February 12, 2020 at 11:40 am

    I will wait for Netflix.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      February 12, 2020 at 2:31 pm

      It’s $3.99 on Amazon Prime. It will be years before it hits Netflix Bill.

  5. jess Reply

    February 12, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    This guy does really good movies I am going to watch this one this weekend on demand with Joey since bf has to work this weekend. Snowpiercer has been my favorite of his so far, maybe this will take its place.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      February 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      The critics really panned Snowpiercer saying it was boring among other things. I take it that wasn’t your experience.

      • jess Reply

        February 12, 2020 at 10:09 pm

        Nope, loved it because Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton but mainly Chris Evans because ayup, I am that shallow and will watch anything with any of the Chrises in it 🙂 Plus it was so out there a movie it kept me entertained.

  6. Neil Bamforth Reply

    February 13, 2020 at 5:43 am

    I’ve watched ‘Parasite’ and was well surprised how much I enjoyed it. A worthy winner indeed!

    On the other hand, The Oscars, Golden Globes and all that need to be a bit careful about this diversity lark.

    Talent should win regardless of color and stuff. You can’t have a minimum number of women or ethnicities nominated, just those with talent…and Bong Joon-ho has it in spades!!!….have to give ‘Snowpiercer’ a go now…Ta Jess

    • Glenn Geist Reply

      February 13, 2020 at 9:12 am

      I said elsewhere this morning that I’ll bet the passengers on the American flight Sullenberger and Skiles set down in the Hudson were all saying to themselves “gee, I wish we had more diversity in the cockpit!”

  7. Glenn Geist Reply

    February 13, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Remarkable. I thought Snowpiercer was the worst movie ever made. There is no possible scenario in which a train full of people can only survive by going around and around without stopping. There is no possible reality that makes any part of this schizophrenic abomination possible or plausible or even interesting. Sure, a little suspension of disbelief can make some silliness entertaining, but nothing short of a lobotomy would make this one even barely watchable for me. Even Ed Wood would hang himself rather than be forced to watch it.

    • jess Reply

      February 13, 2020 at 11:24 am

      No Glenn that would be Twilight any of them, Twilight is the answer to the question what is the worst movie ever made :). Everyone has their own worst movie. I liked Snowpiercer because duh I mentioned it, twice even… Chris Evans and the fact it was different than most movies. Look at his other movies like Okja, The Host.

      • Timmy Mahoney Reply

        February 13, 2020 at 1:46 pm

        I liked The Host, and thought Snowpiercer was the dumbest movie I ever saw halfway through.

        • jess Reply

          February 14, 2020 at 11:29 am

          No Timmy, Twilight is that answer, Twilight is always the answer to dumbest movie and worst movie but any of the 50 Shades trilogy comes in a very close second if you wish because the judges*** will also ALWAYS accept that answer 🙂

          ***the judges are me, myself and I in case you don’t know 😉 We are all very important

  8. Neil Bamforth Reply

    February 13, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Glenn : I’ll give it a miss then 😁👍

  9. Timmy Mahoney Reply

    February 13, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    You have to be careful of what you say about whom you say it. If you say something that could be construed as derogatory to a minority you might be seen as somehow prejudiced against that minority, while you can say anything you want to a white guy and nobody gives a shit except maybe that white guy. This liberal racist crazy has inhibited discussion and therefore inhibited problem-solving.

  10. Rachael Reply

    February 13, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Oh wow! The movie, which I saw, is a great fit with the story and the title. If you’ve not seen it yet I suggest you do.

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